Diamond D Guides Choice Holster

When I just had to have the new Ruger Flattop Blackhawk in .41 Magnum I wrote about in Shooting Times a few months ago, I immediately started looking around for a cross chest holster for it. I came across the Guides Choice Chest Holster from Diamond D Custom Leather by chance when I saw a sample of the rig sitting on a co-worker's desk. His was for a Smith & Wesson Model 29 that he had recently acquired (it's the one pictured here), and I thought the holster setup was top-notch. So I got on the horn and purchased one for my Ruger Flattop. It arrived just a few days ago, and I've been wearing it around the office and out at my farm with my revolver in place. I like it a lot.

Made of high-quality, oil-finished leather, the Guides Choice holster is simple, comfortable, and easy to adjust. There's a nice little video on the company's website that shows you exactly how easy it is to adjust.

I think the company has it exactly right when it says that this rig provides maximum handgun accessibility while not interfering with clothing or gear. It puts the handgun in front where I can get to it quickly and easily. And I like how the shoulder straps spread out the weight of my Blackhawk over my upper body. It's much more comfortable than letting this relatively heavy handgun hang off of a belt around my waist. I can see why the company has sold more than 10,000 of these holsters, and I think it is well worth the MSRP of $155. I also ordered out the optional Guides Choice Reload (MSRP: $25) and have it installed on the strap of my new holster. It holds six rounds right where I can get to them easily.

The next time some new revolver or pistol catches your fancy, don't forget to look into what holsters are available for it. And be sure to check out Diamond D's Guide Choice. My guess is there is one for your new gun and that you'll be glad to have it.

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